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University of Central Oklahoma
mnelson15@uco.edu (405) 974-5411 Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research CTL 215 , Box 206

About

Professor and Department Chairperson, Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research

Interim Assistant Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies

Education and Certifications

  • May, 2003 Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • May, 1984 Secondary Science Certification, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Dec., 1982 B. S. Botany, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.

Experience

Teaching Experience

  • 2003 - Present Professor, Professional Teacher Education, University of Central Oklahoma.
  • 2001 - 2003 Technology Integration Specialist for Putnam City High School, OKC, OK.
  • Summer, 2001 Adjunct Instructor for Child and Adolescent Development, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • 2000 - 2001 Adjunct Instructor for Cognition, Motivation, and Classroom Management for Teachers, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • 2000 - 2001 Adjunct Instructor for Quantitative Analysis I and II, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Summer, 2000 Computer Instructor for a computer camp for Native American middle school students, Oklahoma City Public Schools, OKC, OK/South Central Regional Technology Consortium, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Summer, 1999 Adjunct Instructor for Instructional Media and Technology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Summer, 1998 Adjunct Instructor for Instructional Media and Technology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • 1997 - 1999 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Instructional Media and Technology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Fall, 1997 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Quantitative Analysis I, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Summer, 1997 Intersession Instructor for Building Web Pages, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • 1995 - 1997 Graduate Teaching Assistant for Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Fall, 1993 Science teacher for Biology and Biology II at Bethany High School, Bethany, OK.
  • 1990 - 1992 Director of Student Activities at Coleville High School, Coleville, CA.
  • 1987 - 1992 Science teacher for middle school sciences (life and physical) and high school sciences (biology, physical science, life science, chemistry, physics, botany, and geology), Coleville High School, Coleville, CA.
  • 1987 - 1992 Head Volleyball Coach at Coleville High School, Coleville, CA.
  • 1985 - 1987 Teacher for 7th and 8th grade general science, Washington Jr. High School, Bakersfield, CA.
  • 1984 - 1985 Teacher for general science and the bio-medical program at Northeast High School, Oklahoma City, OK.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Publications

Refereed Articles

  • Meek, D., Nelson, M. (2015). Teachers’ Reflection in Action: Exploring Instructional Changes Made between Class Periods of Identical Content. The Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators Journal (18), 2 - 14
  • Nelson, R. M., Duke, B.L., Hutchens, K., & Machell, J. (2014). Simultaneous Renewal: Partnerships with Oklahoma City Public Schools and the University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 25(2) p. 42-55.
  • Nelson, R. M., Maddy, M., Ewing, A. L., Spasic, R. (2013). Pathways to sustainability: Lessons learned from a failed freshman learning community. The Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators Journal, 16, 2-13.
  • Rosser, M. L., & Nelson, R. M. (2012). Gaining behavior knowledge in the online learning environment: An exploratory case study. International Journal of the Academy of Organizational Behavior Management, 3, 79-118.
  • Williams, R., White, J.J., & Nelson, R. M. (2009). Differences in relatedness across gender and ethnicity in an urban high school. Journal of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators, 13, 16 – 23.
  • Murphy, K.L., Brown, K.A. &., Nelson, R. M. (2008). Beginning teachers' perceptions of level of preparedness and effectiveness. Micronesian Educator.
  • Nelson, R. M., & DeBacker, T. K. (2008) Achievement motivation in adolescents: The role of peer climate and best friends. The Journal of Experimental Education, 76(2), 170-189.
  • Duke, B. L., & Nelson, R. M. (2007). Using rubrics as a cognitive tool: Developing metacognition in the process of writing. Oklahoma English Journal, 2(20), 45 – 52.
  • DeBacker, T. K. & Nelson, R. M. (2000).  Motivation to learn science: Differences related to gender, class type, and ability level. The Journal of Educational Research, 93(4), 245 - 254.
  • DeBacker, T. K. & Nelson, R. M. (1999). Variations on an expectancy -value model of motivation in science. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 24, 71-94.

Edited

  • Nelson, M., Nelson L., Buie, S (2017). Supporting a Growth Mindset. Transforming Teaching and Learning through Brain Science (1), 15-18.

Presentations

Refereed

  • Nelson, M, & Cunliff, E. (2018). Society for Higher Education Interdisciplinary Learning and Discovery. “A Survey of Master’s Level Capstone Experiences at a Metropolitan University”, Rogers State University.
  • Harris, L., Maddy, M,. & Nelson, M. (2017). Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, “Freshmen Learning Communities: More Conflicting Evidence”, Camron University.
  • Cunliff, E., Nelson, M., Powers, M., & Skelton, E. (2017). Transformative Learning Conference, "Rethinking the Purpose and Practice of Research at Masters Level Institutions: Phase II," University of Central Oklahoma.
  • Manning, S., & Nelson, M. (2016). Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, “Expository Texts: A critical Gap in Literacy” Northeastern State University (October 2016)
  • Chancy, J., Nelson, M., & Scott S. Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, “Mindfulness and Student Perceived Stress” Northeastern State University.
  • M. Maddy, Nelson, M. (2016). Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, “Seeking Advantage: Why College Students Join Organizations” Northeastern State University
  • Putnam, J., Nelson, M. Rupp, G. Maddy, M. (2015). Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, "Conceptual Definitions of Critical Thinking by Pre-Service Teachers," Rogers State University.
  • Kelley, B., Nelson, M., Anderson-Holt, J., Rittner, L. (2015). Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, "Improving Guidelines for Video Assessment in Dance."
  • Meek, D., & Nelson, M., (2015). Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, "Teachers Reflection in Action." .
  • Cunliff, E., Powers, M., Nelson, M. Rocky (2015). Mountain Educational Research Assoc., "Rethinking the Purpose and Practice of Research at Masters Level Institutions," RMERA, Claremore OK.
  • Nelson, R. M., Belflower ,L., Bollig, P., Cunningham, C., Quadri, Y., Robertson, L., & Sartain, A. (2014). Effectiveness of the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Edmond, Oklahoma.
  • Nelson, R. M., Meek, D., Fullenwinder, E., Robertson, L., & Bollig, P. (2013). Studies in Teacher Preparation. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Las Cruses, NM.
  • Nelson, R. M., & Cox, M. (2012) Academic self-regulation in Latino Adolescents: The role of social life skills and interpersonal relationships. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Cox, M., & Nelson, R. M (2012) Gaining applicable knowledge about relationship building skills in the online environment: An exploratory case study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Nelson, R. M., Maddy, M., Ewing, A., & Madden, R. (2011). Hanging by a Thread: Sustaining a biomedical freshman learning community. Paper presented at the 16th Annual National Learning Communities Consortium Conference, Chicago, IL
  • DeBacker, T. K., Crowson, H. M., Duke, B. L., & Nelson, R.M. (2011). How are facets of classroom need for closure related to learning processes and outcomes? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Nelson, R. M., Duke, B., Williams, R., White, J.J., & Routeman, E. (2010). Applying Cognitive Strategy Instruction: Influences on Graduate Students' Writing Performance and Motivation for Writing. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Nelson, R. M., Williams, R. L., White, J.J., & Kerby, S. (2010). A model for Understanding the role of social-contexts, social networks, and interpersonal relations in adolescents’ success in school. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Pensacola, FL.
  • Nelson, R. M., White, J. J., & Duke, B.L. (2009). Control and autonomous regulation in Latino high school students: Associations with Relatedness. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Williams, R. L., Routman, E., Nelson, R. M., Duke, B. L., & White, J. J. (2008). Classroom climate, school belonging, and motivation: Differences related to gender, ethnicity, and grade level. Poster presented at the annual Oklahoma Research Day Conference, Tulsa, OK.
  • Routman, E., Williams, R. L., Nelson, R. M., Duke, B. L., & White, J. J. (2008). Relatedness, academic regulation, and social regulation: Differences related to gender, ethnicity, and grade level in an urban high school. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Edmond, OK.
  • Nelson, R. M., White, J.J., (2008). Control motivation and perceptions of interpersonal relationships in an urban high school. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation, Chicago, IL.
  • Nelson, R. M., & Duke, B. L. (2006). The influence of cognitive strategy instruction on students' self-efficacy, self-regulation, use of cognitive strategies, and writing performance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Nelson, L. B., & Nelson, R. M. (2006). Embracing technology: A qualitative study of technology using teachers. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Dallas, TX.
  • Nelson, L. B., & Nelson, R. M. (2006). Embracing technology: What we learned from technology-using teachers. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators, Shawnee, OK.
  • Duke, B. L., & Nelson, R. M. (2006). Did your give your students a map but forgot the directions? A research-based approach for developing writing strategies and improving performance. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators, Shawnee, OK.
  • Nelson, R. M., & Duke, B. L. (2006). The influence of cognitive strategy instruction on students' self-efficacy, self-regulation, use of cognitive strategies, and writing performance. Poster presented at Oklahoma Research Day, Edmond, OK.
  • DeBacker, T. K., Crowson, M., Nelson, R. M., & Duke, B. L. (2005). The Challenge of Measuring Epistemological Beliefs: An Analysis of Three Self-Report Instruments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nelson, R. M. (2005). Facilitating Classroom Instruction and Student Learning through WebCT. Poster accepted to the annual International WebCT Impact Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nelson, R. M, & Duke, B. L. (2005). Gender Differences in the Science Classroom: Relationships among Peer Influences and Adolescents' Academic Motivation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Goetzinger, E., & Nelson, R. M. (2004). Using a computer response system to enhance student participation and achievement. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, Norman, OK.
  • Nelson, R. M. (2004). Facilitating Classroom Instruction and Student Learning through WebCT. Presented at the Oklahoma Regional WebCT Conference, Edmond, OK.
  • Nelson, R. M. (2004). Advantages of eInstruction's computer response system. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Technology Association, OKC, OK.
  • Duke, B. L., Nelson, R. M., & Scott, S. C. (2004). Helping students use rubrics: A research-based and practical approach for teaching metacognitive strategies. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators, Ardmore, OK.
  • Nelson, R. M. (2003). Best friends, classmates, and motivation for doing school work: Implications for middle school and high school classrooms. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators, Norman, OK.
  • Endicott, J. J., Scott, S. C., & Nelson, R. M.. (2003). An analysis of teacher candidate perceptions of how a service learning project can enhance classroom learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association, Edmond, OK.
  • Nelson, R. M. (2003). A historical review of the role of motivation in cooperative learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Nelson, R. M., & DeBacker, T. K. (2003). Relationships among achievement-related behaviors of peers, social support provided by peers, and motivation in science class. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • DeBacker, T. K., Nelson, R. M., & Duke, B. (2003). The role of social goals during small group work. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Nelson, R. M (2001). Relationships among social goals, achievement goals, and personal experiences during small group learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Nelson, R. M. (2001). The influence of classroom autonomy and social goals on achievement motivation and participation in knowledge-building communities. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Denver, CO.
  • Nelson, L. B. & Nelson, R. M. (2000). Connections and elaborations: Scaffolding cognitive structures through multimedia templates. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Nelson, R. M. & Nelson, L. B. (2000). Technology in the classroom: The effectiveness of summer technology workshops on the computer skills and technology integration of practicing classroom teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Long Beach, CA.
  • Gilbert, G., Wager, W., & Nelson, M. (1999). Facilitating collaboration and shared vision for the use of technology among teacher education programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Houston, TX.
  • Nelson, L. B., & Nelson, R. M. (1999). Cognitive engagement: Using multimedia projects to develop and assess student understanding. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Houston, TX.
  • Nelson, D.I., Aylor, B., & Nelson, R.M. (1999) Development of a questionnaire to examine worker risk perception of noise and use of hearing protective devices. Presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition Toronto, Canada.
  • DeBacker, T. K., & Nelson, R. M. (1998). Motivation in science: Model development and explained variance. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Land, S., R. M. Nelson, & L. B. Nelson (1998). On-Line Resources and Critical Thinking. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, St. Louis, MO.
  • Nelson, D. I., Everett, J. W., Nelson, R. M., Knox, R. C., Kolar, R. L., Nairn, R. W., Nanny, M. A., Sabatini, D. A., & Strevett, K. A. (1998). A research experience for undergraduates in environmental science and engineering. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Air and Waste Management Association.
  • Roedel, T. D., & Nelson, R. M. (1997). Variations on an expectancy-value model of motivation in science. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL
  • Roedel, T. D., & Nelson, R. M. (1997). Gender and class type differences on motivation in science. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL
  • Roedel, T. D., & Nelson, R. M. (1996). Interpersonal processes in third grade learning groups. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Consortium for Cognition and Instruction

Classes Taught

ESFR 5013 - Foundations of Educational Research

ESFR 5893 Capstone Research Experience

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